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Thornburg throws three scoreless frames in rainout

PHOENIX -- The Rangers rallied against the Brewers for two runs in the top of the fourth inning before a wicked storm rolled over Maryvale Baseball Park and cut the game short with the Rangers leading, 2-0, on Friday.

The good news for both clubs was that the starting pitchers completed their workdays. Rangers left-hander Jeff Beliveau pitched around a walk and two singles for two scoreless innings, with one strikeout. Brewers starter Tyler Thornburg walked two batters but didn't allow a hit or a run in three innings.

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The temperature plummeted and the skies darkened with Brewers reliever Tom Gorzelanny on the mound in the top of the fourth inning. Gorzelanny walked Lance Berkman and Geovany Soto before a pair of left-handed hitters -- Brandon Allen and Leonys Martin -- delivered consecutive run-scoring singles with two outs.

After the Brewers made their final out in the fourth inning, heavy rain began falling and prompted an 18-minute rain delay before the game was called.

Up next for Brewers: The Brewers' run of young starting pitchers continues Saturday with top prospect Wily Peralta, who will work against the Reds opposite Homer Bailey in Goodyear, Ariz. First pitch is at 2:05 p.m. CT, with Bob Uecker and Joe Block on the radio call. It's a rematch of Peralta's final start in a promising late-season stint with the Brewers -- he held the Reds scoreless on two hits over 5 1/3 innings before departing a Sept. 27 game in Cincinnati with a tight biceps. Listen to the game live on Gameday Audio.

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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